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Democrats may put too much stock into NY23 win

Democrat Bill Owens won New York's 23rd congressional seat this evening.  Mr. Owens beat Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman by four percentage points.  New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, while already out of the race, was still listed on the ballot today.  As a non-candidate this evening, she managed to pull in six percent of the district's vote. It remains to be seen how Ms. Scozzafava's numbers took away or added to from either Mr. Owens's or Mr. Hoffman's final tally.

Hoffman tire story pinned on overeager volunteers

In the final hours of New York's 23rd District election, Mr. Hoffman's Plattsburgh campaign office reported that a tire of  a poll watcher for the Hoffman campaign . However, it turned out the poll watcher's tire caught a glass bottle at some point during his drive to the polls. The Washington Times Water Cooler spoke to Hoffman campaign spokesman Rob Ryan about the incident.

Video: Biden takes shots at Palin and Limbaugh

Vice President Joe Biden addressed supporters at a rally for Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate for New York’s 23rd District. The vice president attacked supporters of Conservative candidate for New York's 23rd District Doug Hoffman. In the following clips, he takes shots at Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. Transcript to come.